Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This, That and the Other Thing

This is one of those days where I have a little bit of everything going on - dyeing yarn, shipping orders, answering email, pulling inventory for the weekend show.  With any luck I'll also finish a new sample and maybe settle on my next new project.  Just enough variety to make the day interesting.

I glanced at the calendar first thing this morning, and it's a good thing I did.  In addition to a reminder that today is my sister and my niece's birthday (mother and daughter sharing the same birthday), I realized that April is right around the corner.

There's just enough time for the March giveaway.  Leave a comment and include your Ravelry ID.  What signs of spring are visible in your neck of the woods?  Are you knitting for spring and/or summer? What's your favorite color as we transition to warmer weather?  What knitting project has captured your attention?

The winner, chosen at random, will receive a skein of Dirty Water DyeWorks yarn - winner's choice.  The contest closes on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

I talk with a lot of knitters.  One of the most frequent comments I hear concerns the Kitchener stitch.  Many knitters despise this useful technique and will go to great lengths to avoid it.  

If you're looking for a new way to achieve the look of the Kitchener stitch, check out this video from Lucy Neatby.



The Sock Toe Chimney.  It has a catchy name, and it's really quite clever.

42 comments:

BeckyinVT said...

I am SO not ready for April. Also, since it was 11F this morning it still feels like february and it's hard to get in the mindset for spring.

I'm not knitting for spring yet either. Maybe I'll work on that languishing summer top I started 3 years ago.

jensimoneau said...

It's encouraging to see patches of ground here and buds on the forsythia. Im looking for ideas for lightweight cardi or tee to knit and wear this summer.

Jensknits on ravelry

Lee said...

I've been hearing the birds more in the past few weeks! Hopefully they know something encouraging about the weather! I'm happy to be knitting spring colored projects (pink, yellow, green etc) that were out aside during the winter. I'd love to try some of your yarn!
Thanks for the giveaway! Mamagiff on ravelry

lisa said...

Hearing the birds, the lovely light and hearing the word "thunderstorm" in the weather forecast have me thinking about spring.

Currently working on a sweatershirt sweater for myself and baby photography props.

Lisa aka ladybug03 on Ravelry

elingeling said...

I guess the not-freezing temps are helping me realize spring is coming (maybe?), and the snow has finally melted enough that I can *almost* see the soil in our raised bed.

But I am still knitting cold-weather things because it is still cold here, especially at night!

I *am* dreaming of lacy spring scarves & shawls, though, in bright colors. I haven't dared to let myself look at new patterns until my taxes are done, though.

Happy (belated) birthday to your sister & niece!

:) Eling, travelingrhinos on rav

pomaflah said...

We finally have some grass visible! Still two feet of snow in most places, but it's encouraging.

pomaflah on ravelry

Sarah D said...

I'm around the corner in Arlington. Today's sign of spring was torrential rain slowly washing away a bit of the glacier in my driveway. I don't have any spring knitting, but I'm itching to cast on something new.

LilyD on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

It's been Spring here in southeastern AZ for a couple of weeks already, even at my house (it comes here a week after it gets to town). Right now I'm finishing up one final winter project and then I get to start on my new linen garden hat. :) I'm so excited!

intoxyk8 on ravelry

Sheila said...

Flowers are starting to bloom in the forest - saw my first wild iris last week.

SheilaOKeefe on Rav

Amy said...

My spring knitting is a baby blanket in colorway pea pod. It's the perfect shade of spring green.

Having temps warm enough to take the pup on longer walks is my sign of spring. With neither of us freezing we're building her endurance back up for jogging and running.

dopeyams on ravelry

rurallyeverafter said...

I've transitioned to lighter weight knit accessories...the fingering weight hats get a turn now. But we still need hats so spring is trying, but not yet pushing winter out of the way.
I'll knit through the summer but mostly cold weather things. Then I'll have a new pile ready to go when the temps cool down again.
iownapaint

Christine said...

I see bulb flowers popping up, crocuses, daffodils and the Cherry Blossoms should be appearing shortly! I'm currently working on pencil socks, a bunny for my son using my handspun (Easter basket). Mostly I'm spinning though!

BellyLaugher on Rav

Jmknits said...

Spring is coming but I cast on a sweater for myself last week and am pretty please so far. I never knit for myself so this is a change. The spent time working in warmer climes this week but have to say I like seeing that last remnant of snow in the yard as things start to come alive. Probably time to start growing some seedlings indoors.

Happy spring everyone!

I am JMKnits on ravelry.

Julia said...

The tulips are growing and trees are budding. We've transitioned to rain and I've started knitting with lighter wool. Currently making a Hitofude. I knit all year- can't stop! I'm weesheep on Rav- thanks!

Kristi Elkner said...

The crocus are starting to pop up here and the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils in our back yard are stretching up their green leaves timidly out of the ground. Yeah for some color other than white or brown!

I'm casting on a shawl in pastel variagated yarn for a change from dark and heavier yarns. Yeah...

AinsleysMommy on Ravelry

Karen Gareis said...

Signs of spring? The sun is higher in the sky, and it's late longer -- YAY!

I've pulled my linen Coco Knits Vertex Vest in icy blue* out of hibernation and am already approaching the shoulders -- also YAY!

*Yeah, my colors don't change by the season; I'm into spring and summer colors year round.

KCG on Rav

Christina said...

Oddly, signs of spring have been present in Montana for weeks. Very strange winter with minimal snowfall. Usually my spring and summer knitting maintains my favorite color palette, neutrals and soft pink however the size of my projects get smaller. I also find I like to work with linen in the summer. Rav: penelopesweb

Joanne said...

The snow has melted enough that where the ground is beginning to show, the tips of the snowdrops are appearing. As I walked to my box to get my newspaper this morning, the sky was just brightening, and I expected to hear the call of the American Woodcock from across the field. Soon!

jgauley on Ravelry

Jean said...

I'm jeand on Ravelry. I visited the Maine Fiber Frolic website just this morning to see if you'd be there again this year. Then I realized the list of vendors is from last year! I bought a skein of "Wispy" at last year's fiber festival and made three gorgeous scarves with it. Hope to see you back this year! Hope to win the skein of yarn, too.😄

Kathy said...

The last of the snow is melting but I heard that we may get more tomorrow! I was hoping to clear some of my garden this weekend and plant some cold crops. That would make it spring for me!

woolyeyes on Ravelry

Pam said...

More sightings of happy squirrels and birds flitting around the yard. I'm knitting little outfits for a toy squirrel I made. Even toys need sweaters and pj's.

craftingeveryday on ravelry

Cheri H said...

Oh, I am so ready for the dreary grey to go away and for my backyard to be green again! I do have Lenten Roses peeking out and my maple tree has teeny tiny buds on the branches! Spring will be here sooner or later! Sooner, please!

Cheri aka NaniBear

Kim Berman said...

We are celebrating Maple Fest here in upstate NY this week, so spring may finally arrive sometime soon! The snow banks are a little smaller and I found the driveway this week, which means that Mud Season is right around the corner.

Knitting for spring? Well, I'm working on a transition weather sweater (Iced) and am getting ready to block Honey Bunches, so I think I'm almost ready for warm weather knitting projects!

Kim

aka MomOTwins on Rav

Chris B said...

Lovely white snowdrops sheltering near our building. And most of the snow remnants are gone. Yippee!

Khutli on Ravelry

Laura said...

It's finally, FINALLY, starting to feel a wee bit like spring here - there is some bare ground visible! But I'm still knitting for winter - a bulky cardigan.

craftybookgrl on Ravelry

twotone said...

Happy birthday to your sister and niece!

I'm still knitting those last few winter projects. I do have a spring top that I've been working on for a few years now... maybe this will be the year I finally finish it?!

My Ravelry ID is twotone

AnneLena said...

I'm totally spoiled, it's going to be 81 today here in Northern California, next thing my kids will be begging to do their annual "but mom it's been hot for days" 30 second plunge in the unheated pool. They never believe me!

My Rav ID: annelena

beccamade said...

I live in the same area as you, and it's an unusual spring -- instead of crocuses and snowbells, I'm just happy to see the tops of my shrubs again! Nonetheless, I am feeling the urge to knit a lightweight tee in the near future.
Thanks for the giveaway -- love your yarns!
beccamade on rav

Anonymous said...

The leaves are starting to pop out on the trees and daffodils in full bloom. Working on shawl for a wedding gift. My colors going into spring is..........all of them. Hope to see you this summer as I am planning a trip to Boston to see family. Rav name kelsokatie.

Dana (familytreeknits@outlook.com) said...

Being in Canada, it still looks and feels like winter, but the Canada geese have started coming back, and that is a sure sighn spring is close. :) I am knitting a spring green cardigan though, since there is no green to be seen yet! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

poohtum on ravelry said...

I'm making a pink baby blanket using Anne Hanson's pattern hourglass throw pattern. Spring for me has started with the great news that my daughter made the jv track team - she was in tears last year when she didn't.

annie said...

Ah, Spring- the snowbanks are melting near my driveway, leaving mounds of stone & dirt that belong ON the driveway!

I need to knit a lighter weight seamless cardi for a trip to Austin in May to visit my sons!

Rav name beadgoddess; thank you for chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Planned bulbs for the first time...looking forward to seeing each emerge from the earth..yay spring,
Working on an infinity scarf which will probably be too warm to wear until fall...need to work in a shawl and socks...one can never have too many hand knit socks...treats for the feet!
Johalley on Rav...

Connie said...

No signs of spring! I am currently working on Sivia Harding's Liken Shawl. Still! It has spring colors so maybe I will finish before spring actually arrives!
Catonconnie on RAV

Lynne Chamallas said...

I can't wait for Spring, though my yard has 1 green tulip leaf. It was such a joy to see. I was reminded when. I saw that lovely green yarn gradient on the email. Though the temperatures aren't quite to stay stable. Tomorrow we are going to get snow, yet again.

Anonymous said...

Spring in Northern Michigan means the ice melts off Grand Traverse Bay! Too cold still for bare hands, but done wearing full mittens! Knit my own pattern for fingerless miss, in greys and highlighter pink! Bought a skein of your BFL sock at Rhinebeck, socks are finished and gorgeous. Thanks! I'm KnitKnorthTC on ravelry.

Maomama05 said...

The only sign of spring in southwest MI s the absence of snow! As for seasonal knitting, I'm not one. I knit whatever excites me and I'm the same with colors. Year-round I love grays but currently I'm obsessed with Christmas colors which is odd but I'm going with it.

I'm knitting another pair of Sideswipe socks by Kate Gilbert - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sideswipe - which is a fantastic pattern that I knit often. I'm also finishing up Herrington by Jill Zielinski - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/herrington - which has been very enjoyable.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Rav - lisabarrett

Jessica Powers said...

Oh, poor Kitchener - I love it!

And it's lilacs that I look for as proof of the season having really turned.

Yarngiraffe said...

I think the biggest sign might be that all the snow has melted. It was snowing again today, but thankfully it didn't stick :) I just got a nice breezy scarf, so I think I'll be working on that.
Rav: yarngiraffe

NicoleS said...

It's finally thawing here - I guess puddles are our sign of spring (we've got birds too, but not much is green yet). I'm not knitting spring/summer projects yet because I haven't finished my winter ones, but it does feel like it might be time for some brighter colours.

NicoleS on Ravelry.

Marilynn Hart said...

Spring is in full force in the Pacific Northwest...I have just cast on for an elongated kerchief in fingering yarn that was dyed by a friend. Thank you for the chance to win!

Karen Budnick said...

I've seen a couple of fat, little robins looking for something to eat. It was nice to see them looking healthy this year. The flock that flew in here last year arrived in February and were already looking thin. I think they were smart this year and got a later start!
Kareswb on Rav